A row has reportedly broken out between Marks & Spencer and its suppliers over plans to make them contribute towards its GBP600m store refurbishment programme.

M&S has asked its major suppliers to pay 1.25% of their annual sales with the retailer towards its store revamp programme. However, at least one major supplier is refusing to pay with others expected to follow suit, The Mail on Sunday reported.

Speaking at the retailer's interim results earlier this month, chief executive Marc Bolland played down M&S' demands saying that "every supermarket does it" and that the retailer's plans were received "well" by suppliers.

The retailer expects to begin seeing the benefits of its store revamp in the second half of the year. Speaking at the interim results, financial director Alan Stewart said: "We expect a benefit in the second half, which will be part of the margin guidance and will help the margin, but there is nothing in the first half."

Marks & Spencer declined to comment when contacted by just-style today (22 November).